See also: run-in




run in ‎(plural run ins)

  1. Alternative spelling of run-in


run in

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To arrest.
    The guys who robbed the bank last week have finally been run in.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, Britain) To drive a car carefully when it is new so the engine is not damaged in any way.
    I have to drive slowly for the first 1,000 miles to run the engine in.
  3. (rugby) To score (a try)
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Toeava went over unopposed to stretch his side's lead but Japan got on the scoreboard on 56 minutes, wing Hirotoki Onozawa intercepting an attempted offload from Slade, who had a rather flaky game, and running in from the All Blacks' 10m line.

Usage notesEdit

  • The "arrest" sense is most commonly found in the passive form.